Ellen Griswold

Griswold, Dr. Ellen Mary

Dr. Ellen Mary Griswold, born November 15, 1964, loving wife and best friend to David Lapen and beloved mother of Emily and Ross, passed away on September 16, 2012. Cherished daughter of Fred Griswold, the late Arlene (Della Valle) and Anna (Cosgrove). Loved daughter-in-law of Robert and Linda Lapen of Ellensburg, WA. Sister and friend to Ann (Scott) and Lorraine, sister-in-law to Thomas and Erica Lapen. Treasured Aunt to William, Caitlin, Laura, Emma and Will. Ellen was passionate about family, friends, and nature. We will miss her wisdom, her kindness, her thoughtfulness, and her spirit. Ellen's wish was that donations should go to the Nature Conservancy of Canada ( Visitation at McEvoy-Shields Funeral Home, 1411 Hunt Club Road, Ottawa on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 from 1-3 pm followed by a funeral service in the chapel at 3 pm.


  • Visitation Tuesday, September 18, 2012
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, September 18, 2012

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Marielle Rowan

October 14, 2012

Dear David,
Mike and I have been thinking about you often since we learned of Ellen's passing. Our time together has been short but we enjoyed getting to know your family when we recently moved to Ottawa. We remember tobogganing, Ellen's love for your cottage, and her devotion to you, Emily and Ross. Thoughts of the 2012 Valentine's evening at Linda and Olaf's, giggling as we shared and guessed relationship answers in the form of a TV shows, are also poignant. Our condolences as you all adjust to not having your beloved Ellen around. You have our kindest sympathies.
Sincerely, Marielle

Frances Pick

October 3, 2012

Dear David
I was so very sad to hear of your loss. I am sorry that I did not hear in time to make it to the service. My sincere condolences to you and your family.

Frances Pick

Chrissie Maltman

October 2, 2012

It's taken me a while to write this. I was glad to have shared some time with everyone when we said goodbye to Ellen on 18th September. Ellen and I have been friends since Grade 4 when the Griswolds moved our crazy neighbourhood. We went to elementary, high school and then university together....of course, Ellen took all the hard subjects :) Ellen was nicknamed "Smiley" by my Dad, a name that stuck with our family and for good reason. Ellen was a positive, happy, honest and wonderful person. Her smile was as genuine as she was. I miss her dearly but get a smile on my face every time I think of her.

David, Emily, Ross & Lulu - I think about you every day and hope you all come to visit Cayman as I know that's a happy place for you.

Mr. Griswold, Anna, Ann & Loraine - thank you so much for the opportunity to participate in Ellen's service. It was a very sad time but it was so nice to reconnect with you and the neighbourhood gang.

To Ellen Mary Griswold - THANKS!! You've left us but not before touching all of so so deeply with your wit, humour, smile, courage and kindness. Miss you and love you lots. Ciao Bella xoxo

Ann Henderson Gordanier

September 25, 2012

Ellen was one of my best friends in high school. She was so smart, funny and generous. Although I have not seen her since 1st year university, it just seems like yesterday, that we laughed together and shared our dreams. My heart joins with all those who loved her. I will never forget my friend.
Ann Henderson-Gordanier

Laura Mammoliti

September 24, 2012

David and Family,

I'm so very sorry to hear of Ellen's passing. She was such a beautiful soul, and I consider myself lucky to have known and loved her. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Ed and Mona Grigg

September 21, 2012

We're so sorry to hear of Ellen's passing. I wish we could have known her as you all have. Our hearts go out to her family and friends, knowing she will always be alive in your memories.

Nancy Ross and Ian Strachan

September 21, 2012

David: Ian and I were deeply saddened to hear about Ellen and we offer our sincere condolences to you and your family. Ellen told me at Queen's that she went into physics because someone had told her it was really hard. That comment has always stuck with me.

Louise Clermont

September 20, 2012

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

Christine Massa Mihelcic

September 20, 2012

What a privilege is has been and an honor to be able to have friend in …. ‘Ellen Mary'. What an amazingly positive person…. Fun loving, smart, full of integrity and a laugh that reminds you to enjoy every minute (as someone said – I can hear it now)…. From running around the neighborhood in our pj's in the ‘P-patch' to discussing the joys of being a mother; I truly valued our time together and will always remember my friend…. And smile. Dave, Emily, Ross and The Griswold's you are in my prayers during this difficult time.

Nello & Kathy Barsanti

September 19, 2012

We are so very sorry to learn of Ellen's death and our hearts go out to all of her family. Ellen's battle is over and she is resting in her mother's arms. May your many happy memories bring you peace and comfort in the difficult days ahead.